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1: Song-Powered ELA – Strategies Making the Jazzles Difference!

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Song-powered, multimedia Jazzles ELA is a unique 21st Century, Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic pedagogy with a new ‘learn to read’ approach featuring humorous, animated reading songs.
Why song- powered?
At the core of each of the Jazzles 26 song themed units, is JazzleOke 1 – an animated, ‘reading song’ with matching captions.

JazzleOke 1 is a highly effective mini ‘learn to read’ tutorial.
Using choral singing tracking specially formatted ‘Matching Captions’ left to right, (no musical skills needed), the prolifically alliterative song lyrics become ‘familiarized’ text from which reading (with understanding), writing and communication skills are intuitively learned, taught and consolidated.

It’s ‘big picture’ learning that children prefer.
It makes sense to learn sight/high frequency words, letter/sounds, grammatical features, phonemic awareness and concepts about print etc. from an internalized ‘song story’ text that is understood.
Here’s how a teacher explains it:
“I use Jazzles with first grade and Kindergarten and the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
When a child is struggling in reading, we often think about the sounds the letters make and the songs help us to remember those sounds. Their parents comment on the songs during conferences and some even know the words learned from their children. (School-to-home support.) Jazzles interactive is a blessing!”

The key is initial, thorough internalization of the song to maximize benefits.
There are many and varied, fun ways to practice and never ever using rote! Strategies are fully explained in each of the 26 ‘Advanced ELA Lesson Plans’.
Each Jazzles ELA Unit is packed with integrated, multimedia, multisensory resources and strategies that automatically engage students (even those hard to focus) at exceptional levels.
And thank you to all those teachers sending me feedback on their experiences using Jazzles!

TOMORROW’S Highlight.
Thinking of Jazzles as the ‘American Idol’ for literacy! The Jazzles strategy that lifts every child’s attention, engagement, active learning and joy.

Note:
Download the free Jazzles ‘Blue Bus Blues’ unit, check out the lesson plans and try it with your students.

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What Makes Jazzles Different?

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Despite nearly 50 years of national focus on reading development, the majority of children are still failing to read at a proficient level.

So what’s going to change it all?
Jazzles ELA will, if you give me a helping hand!

Here’s the biggest hurdle.
Has anyone noticed we now have growing numbers of poor, ESL and SPED students in our mixed ability classes?
Has anyone asked what curriculum resources can teachers be offered that will emotionally and intellectually engage these students in order to overcome the growing challenge of beginning reading success?

Yet we hear all the time about what teachers need to do!
How we need to improve our skills, how we need to apply technology to engage our students, how we need to work harder and longer to develop our plans and resources.

I have a different take on what needs to be done.
What we never, ever, hear about is the crying need for a 21st Century pedagogy with integrated multimedia resources that will engage today’s students in mixed ability classes at very high levels.

There are lots of people ‘spruiking’ about non-scalable, unaffordable methodologies requiring lower pupil to teacher ratios, or technology solutions based on more rote to lift reading levels. Or telling us what’s wrong in today’s schools but without a fix!

In contrast, how often do you hear of a 21st Century solution that focuses on the skills that truly count – rich oral language, contextual phonological awareness/ letter/ word knowledge, background knowledge, concepts about print, visual literacy and vital non-cognitive skills?

So that’s what this Blog is about
Over the next 2 months, I will show you why Jazzles ELA is a new, highly effective, highly scalable ‘big picture’, VAK approach.

Now, I don’t have the resources to promote Jazzles ELA though traditional channels.

So help me make the story of Jazzles go viral.
FB, Tweet, Vine, YouTube and Blog your way around your colleagues, your superintendents, your curriculum directors, your family and friends.

It will help get the message out to all those teachers struggling with mixed abilities and required to improve scores.

A 2007 PISA (OECD) study, showed levels of ‘engagement’ was the single factor that differentiated the nations with the highest and lowest levels of student achievement.
I’d pitch Jazzles ELA against any PreK-G1/ESL curriculum program. It will win hands down!

Note: Jazzles meets/exceeds Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten ELA. Jazzles PreK offers the Foundation for CCSS Kindergarten ELA and 21st Century Readiness Success for Every Student.

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A Turning Point!

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Here’s another ‘changing children’s lives’ feedback received on FaceBook:
“Really looking forward to this years Jazzles as my Junior Team kids in my school loved it. It was the turning point for some children with their reading.”
Keep them coming!

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Jazzles – Changing Students Lives

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With the upgrade to CCSS Jazzles ELA, I’ve been getting wonderful feedback from our teachers. “My students continued to LOVE Jazzles this year. It is extremely engaging and has helped tremendously with phonemic awareness. I used the phonemic awareness activities from the lesson plans daily. I like the new Jazzles ELA interface, especially Jazzleoke 3. The advanced lesson plans are very complete as well. The websearch integration is a great way to easily incorporate reality. It makes it so convenient not to have to switch windows on the computer to pull up information. I have personally endorsed Jazzles to many teachers. I remember the first Sunday I found Jazzles when I was searching on the computer for new teaching material. I was so excited I could not wait for Monday to introduce Jazzles because I knew it would change my students lives.”
Note:
1. What more can you ask than a program that changes children’s lives!
2. While I do not attribute, take my word as a teacher that this feedback is as received.

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My ‘Clever Kid’ Song is hot on the downloads!

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It’s all across the net! And booming. We are getting over 1,000 downloads a day of this Rock Gospel music backed song that is all about children identifying with ‘things they can’t do yet’, and ‘things they can do now’!
Click to Hear or Right Click to Download.
It lots of fun but also serious literacy!
Prolifically alliterative, the lyrics activate 65 words in connected text – 36 different including 16 starting with colorful C, 21 sight words (4 above primer).
It’s a great example of how Jazzles ELA combines vocabulary development and sight words in context.
The animation cleverly creates comprehension using the Jazzles strategy of synchronizing visuals and lyrics in ‘Matching Captions that also automatically develop left to right tracking skills.
It’s perfect for all our Visual-Kinesthetic learners!
And great for a ‘Clever Kids Night’- a choral singing event with parents applauding as their children clap, tambourine-play and dance to the gospel rock!
Try it out. You’ll find it’s great for creating discussions and expanding oral language. Just sit the children down and chat about what they couldn’t do when they were babies, but they can do now.
I ask them to sit in a circle and take turns saying, “I have already learned how to skip, but soon I want to learn to ride a bicycle.”
Lot’s more learning strategies like this follow!

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